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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Newly Remodeled SHN Golden Gate Theatre Officially Reopens with Production of “On Your Feet!”

Sep 08, 2018
SHN has announced that when the curtain rises for “On Your Feet!”—the irresistible musical about Gloria and Emilio Estefan—theatergoers will also get their first look at the newly remodeled SHN Golden Gate Theatre. An architectural standout when it opened in downtown San Francisco in 1922, the theater—which started undergoing refurbishments in August 2017—has now been re-imagined for today’s audiences, yet with all the architectural splendor and authenticity of the original structure lovingly preserved.



“We want to ensure that the Golden Gate remains the very best in class,” says SHN CEO Greg Holland. “And with the new refurbishments, the SHN Golden Gate Theatre is retaking its place as the theatrical gem of San Francisco’s mid-Market area.”



“We did a lot of research into the theater and its original architect, Albert Lansburgh,” says Diana Hayton, the lead architect of the remodel and a principal with ELS. “The Golden Gate Theatre is a culturally significant building—it’s a major contributor to the Market Street Theater and Loft District, which is in the National Register of Historic Places. So, we wanted all our updates to be grounded in historical research.”



The comprehensive updates include a new color palette, plush carpeting, customized light fixtures, newly accessible restrooms (including the addition of all-gender facilities), and state-of-the-art electrical and air conditioning systems. While the building’s dramatic public-facing refresh is the most visible of the improvements, the behind-the-scenes updates to the infrastructure will greatly enhance comfort, access and safety over the long term.



Custom-designed light fixtures and a new, burgundy stage drapery will be installed in the theater, and the restrooms have been enlarged and upgraded. The new red-and-gold carpet is based on an archival pattern that incorporates stylistic flourishes—such as scrolling leaves and rosettes—that refer to design elements found elsewhere in the theater. Additionally, the theater signage will now be digital, though the distinctive marquee itself will remain intact.



Perhaps most noticeably, the color scheme throughout the theater will be lighter and brighter, refreshing and animating the space. “The goal is to make it fresh, while providing theatergoers with an experience of elegance and timelessness,” Hayton says.



As for “On Your Feet!”, it is a story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, from their humble beginnings in Cuba, how they came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything.



From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.



Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (KINKY BOOTS), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (JERSEY BOYS) and an original book by Academy Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), ON YOUR FEET! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.

For tickets or more information please phone 888-746-1799 or visit shnsf.com.


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